Tork Motorcycles, a startup that is building up India’s first electric motorcycle, has raised angel funding from a host of investors including Ola co-founders Bhavish Agarwal and Ankit Bhati, along with a group of angels led by Co-Cubes CEO Harpreet Grover. Tork was founded by Kapil Shelke, a mechanical engineer with a passion for racing. Shelke has built five motorcycle prototypes at Tork. Currently, the startup is in the closing stages of prototyping and certification procedures. The motorcycle, named T6X, is expected to be ready by August. He says:
“We are building India’s first electric motorcycle and are targeting its launch this year. The motorcycle will solve the rider’s pain points with several value-added features like GPS, storage, cloud connectivity and phone charging, making it also a first smart motorcycle in India,”
Tork Motorcycles has a 20-member team and they are planning to set up a manufacturing unit in Pune and will also be setting up charging units in four locations — Pune, Bengaluru, Delhi NCR and Chennai-to start with. It will build ‘Experience Tork’ showrooms for customers to have a feel of the motorcycle. The price of T6X is still undecided. Harpreet adds:
“Electric vehicles are the future. Drop in battery prices, rising sensitivity around emissions and government’s focus on the sector will fuel demand in India. Kapil and the team at Tork Motors have a fabulous 7 year track record in this segment. They are using that experience to build a connected motorcycle for the everyday user.”
They began this exciting journey with the thrust that it got back in 2009. It was in this year when its motorcycle won a place on the podium – the Electric TT race at the Isle of Man, which motorcycling enthusiasts, consider as their Mecca.